Tapioca Pudding is a favourite and popular low-carb diet. Its one of those comfort foods that conjures up happy childhood memories. It’s actually really easy to make and it fits perfectly in my cooking theme for a special sunday breakfast. Tagged “Simple without being simplistic” am sure you wondering what that means ……*smile* . i’ll show you with the recipe you are about to read.
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I love pancakes (flapjacks) because they are so versatile. They can be served during breakfast and as a dessert. My grandmother used to make pancakes all the time and it was probably one of those first few dishes she taught me how to make. For mothers or working folks that want to have pancakes in the morning and don’t have time to make it from scratch, you can make the mix the night before and fry it the next morning. Pancakes can be served with eggs, jam, syrup, chicken, beef or anything you want to eat with it. I would however recommend that if you are going to have it as a dessert, please reduce the sugar in my recipe if not you would not enjoy it. Leave a comment on this post if you make it
1 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of melted butter
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder (you can reduce it if you want your pancakes flatter)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
In a bowl pour in flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Pour in your melted butter and mix into the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, whisk your egg, milk and vanilla extract.
Pour in your egg mix into the flour and combine till smooth but slightly thick.
Heat up your pan and lightly grease. With a spoon, slowly pour in your mix into little circles and fry on medium heat till brown on both sides. Serve warm.
For those that have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I claim not to be able to bake to save my life. Well this post is breaking that myth and it’s giving me confidence to try my hands at baking more often. I really had fun with fingers crossed hoping it would work out and it did. It came out super delicious and moist which is what I guess it is supposed to be. Either way I really enjoyed it. You can add several things to this basic recipe like walnuts, currants, or even chocolate chips. Have fun with it. Post a picture on your social media and tag afrolems so we can re-share your posts Enjoy!
4.5 tablespoons of butter, softened
2 ripe bananas
2/3 cup of sugar
a pinch of salt
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Mash the bananas till it’s smooth.
Whisk the eggs and set aside.
Mix all your dry ingredients except the sugar and set aside
Mix the butter, egg and sugar and cream it. Add the mashed bananas to this mixture and mix till smooth.
Pour the wet ingredients to the bowl of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly till smooth incorporating air as you mix.
Pre-Heat the oven to 375F, grease the pan and pour in your mixture and place in the oven. It should take roughly 25-30 minutes to bake fully. To make sure it’s ready, stick a toothpick in it and if the toothpick comes out clear you are good to go. Allow to cool for a bit and serve
P.S: If you would be adding walnuts, currants or chocolate chips, add it to the mixture before pouring it into the pan while you are incorporating air.
So I have to admit that for the first time in my life this week, I made akara. I find that with cooking, I know the motions, the steps, the ingredients but most dishes I have mentally prepared and not physically. Ok I think I am getting to philosophical all on top akara lol. But yes I did have fun making it and I have been going back to the fridge morning, snack, afternoon, snack and night and pacing myself to finish it. I mean it would just be easier to sit with the bowl and finish everything but what would I have to look forward to? Anyhow, the point is it was amazing. I made a few mistakes but I was able to rectify it quickly once I saw what the problem was. My mistake was adding to much water to the beans when blending but i quickly rectified that by patiently scooping out some of the water by using a spoon to press on the mixture till water drains into the spoon. The key to light, fluffy akara is the water measurement. You are meant to blend the beans to a paste not a full mixture. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. *runs back to the fridge to steal another piece*
2 cups of beans (use black eyed peas for best results)
1 small bulb of chopped onions
2-3 chopped small scotch bonnet peppers
Shrimps (optional- you can include any protein of your choice)
Vegetable Oil for frying
Wash and Soak your beans overnight in a bowl of water.
Wash the beans till the skin has peeled off.
Blend the beans with a little water till it forms a paste.
Pour your paste in a bowl and with a wooden spoon, whisk the paste till the mixture is light and fluffy
Add your seasoning, salt, chopped shrimps, chopped onions and pepper. (You can also choose to blend the onion and pepper and mix it in.)
Heat oil till moderately hot,scoop paste with a spoon and drop immediately.
Fry till golden brown and serve with Bread, Custard, Pap, or Garri.
So I was thinking of a recipe to put up, I wanted to put up one that I havent seen online yet, so I asked my Master Chef, my mum, and she told me about ojojo. You see I wont pretend that i have heard about this before but was ready for the challenge. The plan was that she was going to cook it and I was going to watch, but being the person I am I decided to try it out myself and use my family as my guinea pigs. Guess what it turned out nice…..Yay me. This is basically a snack that people apparently eat with Eko, weird I know. Personally I think it is fine on its own especially if it is prepared well. I hope you get to try it out and enjoy it as much as I did.
3/4 water yam
4 Hot Jamaican Pepper
1/2 Bulb Onion
1 teaspoon of Curry
Cube of Maggi
1/ 2 teaspoon of Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of dry Crayfish
3 teaspoons Dry pepper
- Dice the onion and hot pepper tiny pieces
- Make sure to put the dry fish in hot salted water for 7-10 mins
- Shred the fish into tiny pieces
- Grate or blend the water yam (If you are going to blend the water yam, blend with the pepper and onions)
- Add the diced onion, pepper and fish into the grated water yam and mix thoroughly using a spatula
- Add the maggi, dry pepper, crayfish, salt and also a little bit of curry to taste
- Heat up the olive oil in a deep fryer under medium to low heat
- Scoop the water yam into little balls and place in the hot oil
- Allow to fry for 7-10 minutes (Tip: when frying anything once the bubbles around it reduces then it is almost done)
- Serve hot
Easter is just around the corner and I always wanted to try out the recipe for Hollandaise sauce and I thought this would serve as a good dish for Easter brunch with some freshly squeezed orange juice or lemonade…YUMMY!! Hollandaise sauce is really creamy and has a lemony tangy taste and can also be served with asparagus.
4 bacon strips
1/4 cup of unsalted butter (or 1/2 a cup depending on how runny you want the sauce)
Freshly squeezed lemon
White wine vinegar
*First we start with the hollandaise sauce, you need a double broiler for this, but you can use a huge sauce pan and a stainless steel bowl.
- But enough water halfway into the saucepan and allow to boil
- Clarify the butter by melting, using a teaspoon remove any foam that may be on top of the melted butter and allow to cool
- In the stainless steel bowl, crack the eggs and put just the yolks into the bowl (be careful not to allow any egg whites into the bowl)
- Add half a teaspoon of water and 2-3 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon
- Add a pinch of salt and whisk for about 3 minutes
- Put the metal bowl over the boiling water (be sure to reduce the heat to minimum). Whisk for about 3 minutes non stop, you will notice a thick consistency that sticks to the whisk
- Remove the bowl and add half the butter and whisk until it forms a light consistency, then add the remaining butter and a pinch of salt and whisk again.
- Leave the sauce to stand in a warm place, and be sure to use within one hour of preparation
- In a very shallow sauce pan, add enough water to fill 1/2 way up the saucepan
- Once the water begins to simmer/boil add a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar ( this helps the egg stay together)
- To make it easier, break the egg in a cup without breaking the yolk
- Then tilt the edge of the cup slowly into the boiling water ensuring the egg stays together
- Cook for 5-10 minutes depending on how runny you want the eggs
- Once they are done, use a spatula to scoop onto a kitchen paper towel and allow to dry
Serve : *Cut the muffin in half and toast lightly, on both sides of the muffin put a strip of fried bacon, then the poached eggs, then another bacon and then drizzle with as much hollandaise sauce as you like
In honour of Pancake day yep its a real holiday. Maybe not a public one that gives you time off work but a day for you to celebrate your love for pancakes i’m assuming. Anyway, Our beloved chef Abby, has sent in a pancake recipe to celebrate pancake day and to tie in with the valentines’s season. Hope you enjoy it.
My friends know how much I LOVE pancakes. If you are at my house for breakfast, you are definitely eating pancakes, no questions asked (ok, maybe with some eggs and sausages, if you are being nice). I prefer just pancakes because they are awesome on their own.
It’s my “go-to” food when I want to have a relaxed day and watch my Korean movies (Yep, KOREAN). Usually accompanied with hot chocolate or tea, but for special occasions you can spice things up with a glass of Mimosa (composed of one part champagne “or other sparkling wine” and one part thoroughly chilled citrus fruit juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified)
BANANA FOSTERS CINNAMON PANCAKES
|All Purpose Flour||1 ½ Cups|
|Baking Powder||3 teaspoons|
|Milk||1 ¼ C|
|Butter, melted||3 Tablespoons|
|BANANA FOSTERS RECIPE:|
|Dark Brown Sugar||1 Cup|
|Dark Rum (pref: Myers)||¼ Cup|
|Bananas, sliced||2 Whole|
|Banana Liquor (optional)||3 Tablespoons Cup|
|Pecans or Hazelnuts , chopped(optional)||¼ Cup|
Let me know how it turns out.
If someone asked me what my most romantic scene was, I’m not certain I could pick just one. Anything from the upside down rain kiss in spiderman to Beauty and the Beast (yes the entire movie counts as one big romantic scene.) In my top three however, I would definitely say waking up to breakfast in bed on a rainy morning…or snowy, we’ll take what we get. Nonetheless this simple breakfast idea certainly had me smiling and I’m sure you’d love it too…enjoy. XoXo
So this morning i woke up feeling like some avocado! Most people don’t know this, but avocado isn’t just for guacamole. You can actually eat it plain with a pinch of salt or use as butter or simply a topping on your meals. I chose bread because it is very quick.
2 Slices of Bread (Whole Grain)
1 Small Avocado or 1/2 of a Large One
1 teaspoon of butter
Break one egg into a whisking bowl and beat until smooth.
Add in 3 tablespoons full of milk and beat until smooth
Add a quarter teaspoon full of butter to a heated non stick pan
Gently pour egg mixture into pan
Let fry for about 20-30 seconds to let egg set
Using a fork, scramble eggs continuously, frying for about 1 minute
Add a pinch of salt to taste
Slice avocado in the center, gently separate one half from the seed in the center.
Peel the skin of the half without the center.
Slice the peeled avocado according to preference (thick or thin slices)
Add a pinch of salt to taste
Now you can toast you bread using a toaster, but i prefer the results of using a pan.
Heat dry non stick pan on medium.
Butter both sides of your bread
when the pan is hot enough to sizzle melting butter, gently place bread slices in the pan.
Wait for each side to turn golden brown before you flip.
Lastly, serve and enjoy your breakfast!